Much of my love for cooking and baking came from my mom. I remember spending hours as a child sitting across from her at the breakfast bar watching her cook. Here is a delicious recipe she came up with, written in her own words.
Make one recipe of sweet roll dough. Here is the recipe I used, taken from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book: (However, I have changed the recipe a little bit, and wrote the instructions in my own words, to make them more fool proof.)
- 1 pkg active dry yeast
- 1 T sugar
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup shortening
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups flour (approximate)
- 1 egg
Mix the yeast, warm water and 1 T sugar in a small bowl. Set aside while working with other ingredients.
In a large bowl, mix milk, ¼ cup sugar, shortening and salt. Microwave about 1 ½ minutes, as your microwave dictates. Let cool until it just feels warm. With a wooden spoon, mix in 1 ½ cups flour, beating well. Add the egg and beat well. Pour in the yeast mixture and beat well. Add flour until a thick batter results. Stir from the bottom up until it is well mixed. (You may want to use your fingers a bit, but this dough is not as firm as bread dough.)
Cover, and let rise in the bowl for 1 ½ to 2 hours, until doubled in volume. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about ¾ inches. Spread with pizza sauce, and top with whatever pizza toppings you like. I used miniature pepperoni rounds, sliced black olives and chopped fresh mushrooms. Top with grated mozzarella cheese. Roll up as for cinnamon rolls, and slice into 1 inch slices, placing the ends pieces cut-side-down, and the rest of the pieces any way you want (they’re both cut sides – don’t be silly!) on a baking sheet sprayed with no-stick spray. Cover and let rise for about ½ hour. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.